There's a new image for water in the home landscape. Today's pools and spas are far different than their predecessors. They fulfill dual goals: serving specific fitness functions is equally as important as their distinctive designs.
Total package: a multipurpose pool design Not only did Carol and Paul Frimmer want a pool in which they could do some serious swimming but they also preferred a pool, shown at right and above, that would suit the geometric design of their house. This pool even turns corners, creating intimate pocket pools within itself. And, of course, there's a spa. Architect Marshall Lewis AIA, who designed the Frimmers' contemporary house, worked with the Frimmers on the pool's design. Brick trims the perimeters; bright, navy-blue tile trims the waterline and the wall at the point where the spa spills over into the pool. The contractor was New View Developments, Hidden Hills. Designed by Carol Frimmer, the adjustable canvas overhang provides a shady retreat. The Moroccan buffet was provided by the Marrakesh, Studio City and Newport Beach. All of the tableware, the towels and other accessories are from Bullock's; the plants are from Sperling Nursery, Calabasas.
An illusion of flowing water The spa, a product of the '70s and '80s, was not an integral part of pool design until recently. Landscape designer Dennis Stevens was asked to add a spa, left, and to remodel an outdated pool at the site of the 1984 Pasadena Showcase House of Design. Stevens says the 20x60-foot pool had been remodeled before, about 30 years ago. Now, in its third incarnation, the pool sports a fountain that mirrors the glass block of the newly added spa. Underwater surfaces are lined with white tiles that "throw daylight behind the glass block," Stevens says. "And at night, when the spa is lit, it bubbles and shimmers like a champagne glass." Between the spa and the pool, located in a water-filled space about eight feet from pool, is an attractive "floating" step that creates the illusion that water is flowing from the spa,